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Saturday, December 10, 2016
CAFOD raises half a million for Niger crisis
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¬†The Catholic community in England and Wales has now raised half a million pounds through CAFOD for the food crisis in Niger. With this money CAFOD has been able to support the work of its Caritas partners who are working to prevent hunger and starvation in Niger and Burkina Faso. Niger is facing one of the worst hunger crises in its history following severe drought and the country's worst locust invasion in 15 years. Burkina Faso has managed to avoid a similar wide scale food crisis, but there are pockets of serious shortages in the country. CAFOD Director Chris Bain said: "This spontaneous appeal to the dire suffering and hardship of others hits at the heart of the catholic community, as always they have been overwhelming in their generosity, it has been a wonderful response. "The money raised will go directly to CAFOD partners, Caritas Niger and Caritas Burkina Faso, and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), to support food for work programmes, in which those able to work can earn food for their families. Also the money will be spent on preventive malnutrition programmes aimed at the elderly, sick, pregnant women and young children, the most vulnerable of the population." The United Nations said 3.6 million of Niger's 11.5 million people face food shortages, while 2.5 million are on the brink of starvation. The most vulnerable are young children, with 800,000 "at risk", according to WFP ≠ World Food Programme. Aid agencies are reporting that 10-15 children are dying every week.
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